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     News from Alan Gibbons

          June, 2013

New novel entitled Hate Crime at final draft stage

My next novel, Hate Crime, will be published in March, 2014. Inspired by the real-life murder of Sophie Lancaster, the novel reimagines her life and its aftermath, exploring various aspects of prejudice.

I met Sophie’s mother, Sylvia, at a National Union of Teachers conference at which we were both speaking. I was shocked by the details of Sophie’s murder. The attack was totally unprovoked. Details are here:

Poet Simon Armitage had already penned a highly successful play, Black Roses. I wanted to take a different approach, imagining the impact of the murdered girl’s death on her family and witnesses of the attack. I am about to undertake the final draft. I hope my novel does justice to Sophie’s memory.

My current novel is Raining Fire.




It is a fast-paced and tense real life thriller about gun crime in an inner city gangland, by prize-winning author, Alan Gibbons.


Alex and Ethan are brothers, growing up on an estate where there are just two choices: sport or crime.


Ethan is a promising footballer, and when he is selected to go on a training programme in the US, he feels sure that he has found his chance to escape the gangs that dominate his streets.

But as life spirals out of control for his brother, Alex, and things unexpectedly take a turn for the worse for Ethan, he finds himself drawn into the midst of an explosive feud with the gun at its heart.


”The gun can make a weak man strong. The gun is the coward’s fist. The gun is power.”


In this tense, gripping and absorbing real life thriller, Alan Gibbons explores the complex issue of gun crime, and the far-reaching consequences it can have.


          Other details:


     ISBN: 9781780620282

          Publication date: 07 Mar 2013



Read On (Harper Collins)

Good news. Phase two of the new Harper Collins Read On scheme for reluctant readers has got the go-ahead. I am co-authoring some stories with my son Robbie. The next projects are a sequel to the highly successful Lone Wolf and one on D Day. Details are here:


Booking Alan Gibbons

My school visits are very popular. I visit primary and secondary schools in the UK and overseas. Details are on my website and blog.

You can book me for a visit by emailing me at:


You can find more details here:


My availability is as follows:


August 28, 29, 30

September 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 25, 30.

October 14, 17, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31.

November 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 25, 26, 27, 28.

December 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18.


The Reading Show

This is a new project. Andy Seed and I are cooperating on a funny, fast-paced entertainment demonstrating that reading is both good for you and fun. Details are here:


What a kerfuffle!

I was astonished to read an anonymous attack on my novel The Edge on the political website Conservative Home.

The article is here:

My reply, published later on the same website, is here:


Alan Gibbons


June, 2013

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